Take heed to what you are doing…

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“Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the Lord, who is with you in the judgment.”

~2 Chronicles 19:6

 

 

We so often DO first, then THINK about what we should have done. There is an old adage in carpentry, “Measure twice, cut once!” In essence it means to think before you act. Of course there is another adage, “You have two ears and only one mouth!”  Meaning that we need to listen twice as much as we talk. Of course, Mark Twain said it best: “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” I think that says it best, myself.

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All too often, we accomplish and do all things without ever considering the long-term possibilities or the consequences to ourselves or others. We are so blinded by the trees that we can’t see the forest. If you are like me you have an agenda or a plan in place, but you haven’t thought of everything; you only thought of the things that you could think of. I have always liked the idea of a “MASTERMIND GROUP” as depicted by Napoleon Hill in his book, “THINK & GROW RICH.” In a nutshell, you align yourself with a number of other people. All of you similar minded, dedicated to their craft, brilliance in a certain field or ideology, etc. And accordingly you will create a separate and distinct mind which, as a group, will take on a persona & mind of it’s own. By doing so you increase your odds of catapulting yourself (God willing) to do something great and all the while aiding your friends and associates to come along for the ride; perhaps for a ride of their own.

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In the infamous words of Saint Thomas Aquinas, “Those in heaven will glorify God’s Sanctification and Grace, and those in hell will glorify God’s Judgement.” Slightly paraphrased as I do not remember the specific quote itself, but have heard of it several times over the last month. It is for this purpose that we MUST personally take heed over all that we do, for our own accountability and personal ethics of how we should operate.

How can we change this world if we do not hold ourselves accountable to a certain standard? Yet, we expect others to maintain that standard that we ourselves refuse to uphold…does that sound familiar??? It should, because Jesus spoke of such things to the Pharisees in Matthew 23 but more specifically:

“For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

~Matthew 23:4

Our lives, the lives of those around us, our political lives, religious lives, and every other aspect of our lives will not change unless we can change the vices we hold and cling onto, because somehow that is (or so, we would believe) is us! Guess what, they are not, God has much greater things in store for you, but you have much work to do about it. And I am not pointing fingers, I have even more changes to make in my life! (If you read yesterday’s post, you will definitely understand!)

My friends, my brothers, and my sisters, I would ask that you begin a journey to rid yourselves of vices in your life. Blaise Pascal wrote about such in the Pensées in that if we would take one vie each year and work toward ridding ourselves, we would come closer to perfection than by any other act. Because each act deal primarily with ourselves, but indirectly with others, as well. The vice of idleness, this could be taking an action to aid others, etc.

Do you see where I am going with this?

This is one of my personal goals this year, and each year hereafter.

May God Richly Bless You All!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

 

Just when YOU thought YOU were having a bad day…

Just when YOU thought YOU were having a bad day, God lets you see into the life of another. Then, at that moment in time, your problems seem so small in comparison.

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Man injured after falling nearly 40 feet

Yes, that man that was injured is my nephew. While training in the art of tree climbing and studying for his Arborist License, something went terribly wrong – to say the very least. He was tied in and strapped, but things went really bad regardless. I do not know all the details; however, what I do know is that he fell 40 feet, and because of the type of cord that they use in tree climbing (bunji style) he was slingshot, then hit the trunk and hit the ground.

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He is now in the ICU. Thursday when they got him to the Emergency Room he had emergency surgery to attach his internal organs to their proper spots (as I understood) and his spleen and part of his colon was removed. Friday he had surgery on his broken back. Next week sometime, perhaps ten days, they will schedule surgery for his shattered ankle and wrist. And in due time, they will reassess his problems that were missed because of the severity of all his issues.

And what was I complaining to God about? Because I wasn’t getting my way or what I wanted…how sad of me! I wasn’t happy with the fact that God told me that He loved me, the day prior.

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We are all human, we all screw up and we definitely all have rough and bad days! But walk away with this note: There are many who are having a much worse day than you. Now, do not revel in such a thing, but rather use it simply as a reminder. Some will never go home to be with their families. Many who will have a long road of recovery before them. It really reminds me of my favorite Christmas movie of all time, “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

I know in one of my previous posts I said that you should not compare yourselves to others, but that was with respect to envy of what they have – i.e., coveting. In this respect, the comparison is not a coveting of things, but a reminder that if you really think about it, you really have a wonderful life!

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May God Richly Bless You All, Abundantly!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

they put their trust in Him

“And they were helped against them, and the Hagrites were delivered into their hand, and all who were with them, for they cried out to God in the battle. He heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him.” 1Chr 5:20 NKJV

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God gives us hope in the midst of turmoil, battle, and other troubles. Will He change our circumstances? Not always, because there are things we must learn, at times, as well as the potential of other lessons we must accept. Is that cruel? Not necessarily. While growing up our parents did things for us as we were very young – thereby, showing us and teaching us what we must learn to do. As we grew older, though, we needed to garner more independence where we would do much more for ourselves. But our lessons don’t end there…we tend to learn (and forget) many things up until we are placed into our final resting spots.

If we are fortunate, your parents will be teaching you things up until you are in your 60s and beyond…Your Father in heaven for a much longer period of time. But many of us tend to walk away from our beliefs not out of spite, hatred for our parents, or anything like that; but rather for the reason that we just don’t believe (for which there could be a myriad of reasons) but as we grow older we turn back to God because there is something far more greater than ourselves and we come to acknowledge that there is something more that we can learn about us, our purpose, and our destiny in this life and the life to come…

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But the only way in which we can truly accept and find out our future is to pray for the forgiveness of our past(s), where we can wipe away the sins of our past (repent), acknowledge our Creator (believe), profess who is in control of our lives (Confess.)

We can seek that which God wants us to know by reading the Holy Bible, in which we can determine what God wants us to know for know and our futures. I always have a tough time with focusing, in that, my mind starts with one topic and then quickly moves on to another subject entirely. I truly identify with the dog on the animated movie “UP.” “Gee, I wonder if he will like me? SQUIRREL!” Yeah, that is my mind…sad to admit it, but true.

But that one, true, grounding thought is this: Jesus died for me…ME!

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Who am I that the Son of the Most High would do such a thing for ME??? Who am I, that He should do so??? King David had similar questions throughout the Book of Psalms.

what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?” ~Psalm 6:4

I may never truly grasp the reality or Spirituality of such an action, but one day is that I will truly understand in my heart. Either in this life or the next!

The bible reminds us that not every thought that we have is an original thought. Many have been thought of by others long ago. But, never-the-less, God is mindful of us and our needs. However, do not misunderstand the things we need with the things we want. Wants are extraneous and unnecessary in our lives. And so God will heed our prayers for needs; either granting us what we need, or a method, or way of obtaining it. He will not always just hand over that which we need or desire, we may have to do a little bit of leg work ourselves!

It is because we place our trust, our faith, and our belief in God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus that we shall obtain that which we need in our lives.  Pray honestly and with God’s will and love in your heart and you shall receive it…

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” ~Mark 11:24

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” ~John 16:24

May God Richly Bless You ALL!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

they were unfaithful to the God of their fathers

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1Chr 5:25-1Chr 5:26 NKJV And they were unfaithful to the God of their fathers, and played the harlot after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them. So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, that is, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria. He carried the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh into captivity. He took them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the river of Gozan to this day.

It is intriguing to think or believe that God would call upon another person or group to reap havoc upon you. Reading throughout the Old Testament we can glean much of God’s punishment and justice which He plagued upon his own people because they were unfaithful to Him. However, if you were to read up on King David you would understand that he, at least, had the understanding that he was wrong in the situations and was deserving of punishment. It had taken me years, if not decades, to understand it was for this reason that King David was the apple of God’s eye.

Just think on that for a bit…

We have this nasty habit to consistently, and in a matter of fact fashion, be unfaithful to God in our daily lives. We don’t even bat an eye at it until one of three things happens: 1) God convicts us and our hearts, 2) A friend chastises us in our wrongful act, or 3) We recognize that we have done something wrong. But regardless of how we get to that point of repentance, most of us eventually get there, and we seek both God’s forgiveness and the strength of the Spirit in order to walk away from the path we strayed to; thus seeking the proper path that we should be walking on.

God’s love, our friends in Christ, and accountability can aid us in this trek throughout the remainder of our lives (regardless of how old we may be.) We as parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc., have responsibilities to help our youth for the next generation to walk the straight and narrow. But we must be willing to be walk the talk, as well!

Have you ever noticed that in years gone by that the children grew-up and matured faster than our children of today? Look at the differences: children were held accountable years ago, children were around their parents learning to accomplish grown-up things years ago, children were graduating college as early as 18-20, entertainment was reading; children of today are spending more time on television, more time on X-Box, World of Warcraft, are being influenced more by their friends than their parents.  Years ago the children being raised were placed into a position where they had to use their brains, they had to remember; today’s children are writing everything down, putting reminders in their phones, etc., and I am a prime example of this culture. This can be changed, but parents have to take a stand with their children and against the school system.

I was listening to Scott Voorhees on KFAB 1110 AM radio and he mentioned about the fact that Asian students were soaring academically, where other students were bombing. The key factor were the actions of the Asian parents, they were aiding their children to learn and holding their children accountable; whereas, the non-Asian parents were absent from aiding their kids at all. What caught my ear was this:

“The outrage is that instead of taking an example from these Asian families, school authorities and non-Asian parents want to rig the system to hold these strivers back.

Is that outrageous? Does that make your blood boil? I have heard time and again where people are trying to get fast burners, academically, to slow down to the speed of their slowest student. This ideology MUST stop! Now, yes, I did get a little bit off track, but think about this…if we take the position to aid our children in their school work, bible studies, teach them accountability, teach them an honorable work ethic, they will in the long run become better people, better students, better adults and better parents. And won’t the state, country, or world be all the better for it? Weren’t we once a great nation? Things need to change for these United States to be great again, as we have fallen so far behind (in some respects) some of the third world nations.

“Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.” ~Proverbs 22:6

By training our children, grand-children, and should you be so blessed your great-grand-children, you will train them up well. Many people are invariably drawn back to their root training to accomplish many rudimentary things. We are eventually all drawn to do so. This includes the inevitable desire to determine our purpose and reason for being, as well as, reconnecting with our Creator; if we were so foolish to walk away.

We need to rethink our intention of investing in our children, especially with the slow demise of this great nation. But what is this nation worth if there is no one of moral character to aid in its rebirth?

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If we are not teaching our children to be faithful to God and His word, how can we possibly expect God to be faithful to our children or us???

May God Richly Bless You ALL!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD